So I got a frantic text the other day from a friend (Hi, Sarah!) who needed "to make something rich, chocolatey and gooey immediately!"
Turns out she was looking for something different to make for a grown-up birthday celebration. I knew I had the perfect recipe for her when I remembered this decadent treat with its layers of Kahlua-soaked brownies, chocolate pudding, toffee bits and whipped cream.
I first had this chocolate trifle at an adults-only Christmas party for our local triplets and more group. It was unbelievable! And beautiful, too. At least until a small horde of us descended on it and devoured it. It was so good it actually drew us away from the drinks table for a few minutes.
Plus, it's fast and easy to make, which is always a bonus for me. If you're really short on time you could purchase brownies instead of making them.
Here's the recipe:
(1) 19.8 oz. package fudge brownie mix
1/4 C. Kahlua
(3) 3.9 oz. packages instant chocolate pudding mix
12 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
1 bag Heath chocolate covered toffee bits
Prepare brownie mix and bake according to package instructions in a 13" x 9" pan. Prick top of warm brownies using a fork and drizzle with Kahlua. You can substitute 1/4 C. of coffee for the Kahlua if you prefer, or if you're serving for all ages. Let the brownies cool, then crumble.
Prepare pudding mix according to package instructions, but DO NOT chill.
To assemble the trifle, place 1/3 of crumbled brownies in bottom of 3-quart trifle dish or glass bowl. Top with 1/3 of pudding, 1/3 of Cool Whip and sprinkle with Heath bits. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients in this order twice, ending with Heath bits on top.
The original recipe says to chill for 8 hours, but I have found that 2 is sufficient in a pinch. You just need enough time for the pudding to set up. The recipe also says it yields 16-18 servings, but that's only if I'm not around to help you eat it!